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  • 2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. In their first appearance since being...

  • Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday gave names to five uninhabited islets in an island group at the center of a territorial dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, sparking quick condemnation from Beijing. The five islands, named after directions of the compass, are part of the...

  • Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

    In this photo, novice Buddhist monks walk to collect alms in a downpour during the monsoon season in Yangon, Myanmar. Buddhist scripture and monks' ascetic lifestyle preclude luxuries, so monks collecting alms in the predominantly Buddhist nation can often be seen on the streets without shoes or...

  • Image of Asia: Weaving silk in Thailand

    In this trio of photos, workers weave Thai silk and adjust batches of dried thread at a decades-old workshop that supplies silk material to upmarket stores in Bangkok. Thailand's share of world silk production is relatively modest at less than 1,000 tons a year compared with leader China, with...

  • Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit

    BEIJING (AP) — A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. The Beijing LGBT Center, which campaigns for gay rights, said it was the first...

  • How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

    BEIJING (AP) — The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be handled in the opaque, secretive world of Chinese politics, but here's...

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday. The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups...

  • Son of South Korean sunken ferry owner detained

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police detained the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner Friday after two months on the run, three days after his billionaire father was confirmed dead. Yoo Dae-gyun was picked up from an office south of Seoul along with a woman accused of helping his...

  • Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Plans for the super-high tower first surfaced in 1995...

  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy in Southeast Asia. A peaceful transfer of power in...

  • China's love and dating scene laid out on stage

    BEIJING (AP) — For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover." These aspects and others relating to love, dating and women's status...

  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters. The finance ministry said government spending would increase by 11.7 trillion won ($11.4 billion). Another...

  • Cambodian political rivals say agreement reached

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodian opposition parties said they agreed Tuesday on a joint solution to end a political deadlock and the opposition's yearlong boycott of the national legislature. Hun Sen, opposition leader Sam Rainsy and others met for five hours...

  • Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 33

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A typhoon that barreled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media said, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country's south in four decades rose to 33. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Vietnam...

  • North Korea threatens to boycott Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Friday to review its decision to enter the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea, a day after their talks on the games broke down. The North's plan to send athletes and cheerleaders to the games is among a set of measures it recently proposed to...



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